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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Nancy Shaw's popular board book Sheep in a Jeep amuses young children with funny cause-and-effect situations and silly illustrations of sheep driving and getting into trouble. The jeep slides into mud and crashes into a tree, but none of the animals are hurt. This rhyming book makes a nice learning-to-read tool, with its rhymes and repeating letter/sound combinations, and it shows problem solving, such as when the sheep ask some muddy pigs to help them push their jeep back onto the road. Some editions include instructions at the end of the book to make a fluffy cotton-ball sheep. Kids who enjoy Sheep in a Jeep may also enjoy Nancy Shaw's other sheep books, including Sheep Blast Off.
What's the story?
In Nancy Shaw's SHEEP IN A JEEP, several fluffy, plump sheep are wedged into a red jeep, driving down a country road. When the jeep stalls, the sheep get out to push the jeep over a small hill. However, the sheep don't notice that the road on the downhill side leads to a pit of mud. The sheep try to pull their jeep out of the mud using a rope, but they're not strong enough. They enlist the help of two big pigs who rescue the jeep, and the sheep rejoice. The sheep resume their drive, but this time, the driver doesn't notice that they're heading toward a large tree. The jeep crashes and is ruined (though all the sheep are fine). In the end, the sheep put a sign on the tree that says, "Jeep for sale."
Is it any good?
Sheep in a Jeep is a funny, slapstick rhyming book. Kids will enjoy the delightful illustrations of cheerful, plump sheep, and will laugh at their predictable mishaps. This book also makes a good teaching tool for early readers, as rhymes help kids recognize repeating sounds and letter combinations.
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- Author: Nancy Shaw
- Illustrator: Margot Apple
- Genre: Board
- Topics: Cars and trucks, Horses and farm animals
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
- Publication date: October 28, 1988
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 2 - 5
- Number of pages: 32
- Available on: Paperback, Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
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